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listen  1. The Construction of Boston: OvertureSharla Nafziger 4:16$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Construction of Boston: Prologue: I am the Opera, here to explain myself (Opera)Krista River 5:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Construction of Boston: Hello, Sam (Henry, Sam)Sharla Nafziger 3:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Construction of Boston: You speak of one men are not fit to know (The Spirit of Boston)Krista River 1:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Construction of Boston: Sea Interlude ISharla Nafziger0:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Construction of Boston: Primeval Pastoral - How strange! What freshness steals across my brow (Chorus)Krista River 2:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Construction of Boston: Song: How happy I am now, fat as a cow (Beacon Hill) - The light summer day (Chorus)Sharla Nafziger0:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Construction of Boston: Hail Populator (Chorus, Rauchenberg)Krista River 1:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Construction of Boston: Dark afternoons in Autumn (Chorus)Sharla Nafziger 1:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Construction of Boston: I'd almost swear that I can hear the weather (Narrator, Storm, Noon, Dawn, Rauschenberg, Chorus, Moonlight)William Hite 3:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Construction of Boston: And now I have to stock the city up with people (Rauschenberg, Chorus)Sharla Nafziger 2:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Construction of Boston: Veni Tinguely Spiritus: Tinguely, Spirit of the Air (Chorus) - I am arrived! (Tinguely)William Hite 1:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Construction of Boston: Ah, what a lovely layout you have here! (Tinguely, Chorus)Sharla Nafziger 1:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Construction of Boston: But now we need more space! (Tinguely)Krista River 2:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Construction of Boston: Boston, all that I can say is, it's grand to be a bay! (Back Bay) - Now you're the town (Chorus)Sharla Nafziger 3:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Construction of Boston: Bay Bay, you're lucky (Tinguely) - Oh hear, how that noise (Chorus)Krista River0:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Construction of Boston: Sea Interlude IISharla Nafziger0:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Construction of Boston: Fairest Tinguely, we the Wharfs (Wharf Chorus, Tinguely, Water Chorus)Marcus DeLoach 2:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Construction of Boston: See how the smiling city take its shape (Chorus, Rauschenberg, Niki)Sharla Nafziger 2:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Construction of Boston: What this town needs is beauty (Niki, Tinguely)Krista River 2:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. The Construction of Boston: Men say she has a magic pistol (Chorus, Niki)Sharla Nafziger 1:44$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Construction of Boston: I bring beauty and detail (Niki)Krista River 2:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. The Construction of Boston: She'll shoot up the city (Chorus)Sharla Nafziger0:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. The Construction of Boston: And now, at last, my time is past (Niki)William Hite 1:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. The Construction of Boston: We who feel our new creation (Chorus, Niki)Sharla Nafziger 3:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen26. The Construction of Boston: Niki, all this city's Buildings (Tinguely, Rauschenberg, Niki)William Hite 1:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen27. The Construction of Boston: Now, citizens, sunset cover you (Niki, Tinguely, Rauschenberg)Sharla Nafziger 3:18$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Chorus & Orchestra of The Boston Cecilia
  • Conductor: Donald Teeters
  • Composer: Scott Wheeler
  • Audio CD (March 25, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • ASIN: B0013JZ4BC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Boston Cecilia' concert performance of Scott Wheeler' one-act opera on 1st April, 2007, in New England Conservatory' Jordan Hall, was hailed with a Boston Globe headline: "CONSTRUCTION OF BOSTON is a love note to the city". Drawing on a cast of brilli


So Wheeler went on to study privately with Thomson, and later dedicated his first major stage-work, "The Construction of Boston," to his teacher. Premiered in 1989, it's a wonderfully imaginative, smartly whimsical one-act opera/oratorio about the mythical birth of the city of Boston. It's based on a text that Kenneth Koch wrote in the 1960s as a performance piece for the artists Robert Rauschenberg, Jean Tinguely, and Niki de Saint Phalle, and all three actually appear in the work as characters endowed with godlike powers. The score is bright-hued and richly melodic, with a plainspoken feel that nevertheless manages to keep the ear engaged and avoid clichés.

Donald Teeters and the Boston Cecilia chorus have made a first-rate live recording of the work that was released this year on Naxos, with a fine cast of soloists. Listening to the piece, what comes across almost immediately is Wheeler's knack for transparent, elegant vocal writing, something that has also endeared his work to the singers who perform it. "It's the first thing that struck me when I was learning 'Construction of Boston,' " said Krista River, a soloist on the recording. "He sets text extremely well and just writes beautiful melodies, which we don't always get with new music." -- The Boston Globe, Jeremy Eichler, September 14, 2008

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Marquis on July 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
There are many very good qualities to the music in Mr. Wheeler's work. He is definitely a skilled composer and sets the texts well, though unfortunately the style, as so often the case in American operas, is far too "Europeanized." He does have a fine ear for orchestration and ensemble writing. Unfortunately, much of the recording of this piece is undercut by some truly poor singing. While tenor William Hite has a good voice and excellent diction, most of the other singers are really third or fourth stringers, and they sound like students. The wavering vibratos are almost unlistenable. The voices sound forced, and as a result, pitch and diction go out the window. It's such a shame that so many American classical singers still feel the need to "sound" like classical singers. The music doesn't always help, as it can't seem to completely break away from that old European style, but one would like to hear this piece with much better singers. It might prove very worthwhile.
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